Ambassador Mahinda Samarasinghe attended the launch of a book by the Most Ven. Henepola Gunaratana Thero entitled “Impermanence in Plain English” on Wednesday (07 Dec.), which coincided with the Ven. Thero’s 95th birthday. The Ambassador was presented with the first copy of the work co-authored by Julia Harris. Most Ven. Henepola Gunaratana Thero is the chief buddhist monk for North America and chief advocate of the West Virginia Bhavana Society, both a monastery and meditation retreat center that he founded in 1985.